When running back Brandon Jackson went down with a shoulder injury, that brought the lack of depth of running back to light. And, with Cory Ross hardly ever healthy at any point during last season, there was an air of caution that you might expect from this point of practices on.
To a degree, that's accurate as Ross was never part of the much anticipated one-on-one call-out drills, but that's about where the caution stopped. "The guys still have to play," running backs coach Randy Jordan said. "Yeah, we're going to be smart about it and not push things, but the spring is to see where we are and what we have left to do."
The news at running back hasn't been much better throughout the spring, Marque McCray, moved over from wide receiver and for most of the spring, hobbled with a slight ankle injury.
That leaves Ross to be assisted
by walk-on running back Thomas Lawson, but
"He played tailback in high school and you can see some of the stuff that he's doing. He just has to continue to get better."
"When someone goes down, that opens up an opportunity for someone else and he's taking advantage of it."
In the wake of Jackson going down and McCray struggling with some minor health issues, Lawson's presence has been a bonus for Jordan, but there's three more bonuses coming in the future.
"I believe in guys coming in and doing their job. If you do that, we'll be productive."
The running backs, because of their lack of depth are getting some headlines, but the quarterbacks are getting some, even though, technically, that's probably the deepest position on the field. If the repetitions each get during practice indicates who is where on the depth chart, though, this would still appear to be a two-man race.
Not since spring practice has arrived has Joe Dailey or Zac Taylor gotten noticeably more reps than the other and for the third spot, redshirt freshman Joe Ganz seems to be separating himself from the rest of the pack for that number three spot on the depth chart.
And, the depth chart will continue to be an issue, even long after spring, because positions like cornerback and wide receiver are likely to change, possibly even dramatically when players like Zac Bowman, Bryan Wilson, Wallace Franklin and others arrive in mid to late summer.
- Offensive lineman Lydon Murtha appears to be back to full speed, practicing the entire session today. Murtha will be competing against Chris Patrick and Seppo Evwaraye for that starting spot at left tackle.
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interviews with cornerback – Titus Brothers and
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